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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am International Women's Conference, Great Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, FY19 Budget Hearing

11:00am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

5:00pm Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni's Third Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

7:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate St. Patrick's Day Party with Howie Carr

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Petrolati

Must-Reads

A Billionaire and a Nurse Shouldn't Pay the Same Fine for Speeding » The New York Times A flat fine threatens poor people with financial ruin, but it lets rich people off easy. Real justice requires punishment that is equally felt.…

Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for 'First Degree Murder' » Politico At SXSW, the former California governor lets loose on climate change, Donald Trump and gives his first in-depth remarks on #MeToo.…

Two state representatives excoriate Speaker DeLeo on House floor over non-disclosure agreements » Boston Globe Two state representatives accused Speaker Robert A. DeLeo on Thursday of cloaking years of impropriety in the House through carefully worded nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements tied to sever…

Legislation would force Mass. pension fund to sell gun stocks » Boston Globe Two legislators filed a bill Thursday that would require the Massachusetts pension fund to sell its shares in companies that make firearms and ammunition, following up on a pledge from the state treas…

Charges fly between Dems as House updates sexual harassment policy » State House News Service Frustration and anger bubbled to the surface in the Massachusetts House on Thursday where one lawmaker's personal story of harassment led to a testy debate over how employee complaints have been handl…

Answering the call: As region's legislative clout dwindles, 33-year-old Sen. Lesser emerges as a leader » Gazette Net Hampshire County is losing clout on Beacon Hill. Two longtime state representatives have announced their impending retirements, another has died, a Democratic representative has unenrolled from the pa…

Storms focus attention on climate change, as Gov. Charlie Baker releases $1.4 billion environmental bond bill » Mass Live Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday released a $1.4 billion bond bill that would authorize spending on climate change preparedness and environmental protection. …

Democrats' civil war flares after Lamb's upset win » Politico Conservative Democrats argue the party needs to embrace his centrist message in other battleground races. Nonsense, say liberals. …

Former prosecutor jumps into race for Suffolk County DA » Universal Hub Rachel Rollins, who has served as an assistant US attorney in Boston and an assistant district attorney in Plymouth County and , announced today she is joining the race to succeed Dan Conley, retiring…

"Mr. Speaker, you've been getting away for too long in this House with the sound of silence,"

Rep. Angelo Scaccia

Speaking to the House of Representatives about Speaker Robert DeLeo's use of non-disclosure agreements.

News By Category
Business

Harvard plan for Allston research campus gets boost from city agency » Boston Globe A massive business campus that one day could be Harvard University's answer to Kendall Square took a key step forward Thursday evening.…

Wellness wave: Boutique fitness centers give landlords hot, less-risky lease options to attract tenants » Boston Business Journal Boston has always been synonymous with health and fitness. But a seismic shift in the fitness industry toward small-footprint boutique studios and lifestyle wellness has altered Boston's real estate l…

Healthy returns: Varied concepts fuel Bay State health and fitness industry » Boston Business Journal From boxing studios to CrossFit to aerial yoga (see Swet Studio) to indoor cycling studios, the landscape of the local health & fitness industry is evolving quickly as consumers look for exercise alte…

Convention Center board approves $2.2 million to study possible expansion » Boston Globe Plans to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center have been on hold for three years. But an expansion of some type could be on the way now that the convention center's overseers have committed…

Bill to help craft brewers has new life on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe A state senator has rescued from legislative limbo a bill that would help brewers break free from their distributors, a move that breathes new life into a long-running battle on Beacon Hill. …

SJC sets Tuesday hearing on Berkshire Museum art sale » Berkshire Eagle For only the second time, the issue of Berkshire Museum art sales will go before a judge. Justice David A. Lowy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County is calling parties to a hearing Tuesday …

Civil Rights

Maura Healey's lawsuit against expansion of religious exemptions dismissed » The Daily Free Press U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Monday in a lawsuit she filed against the federal government over contraceptive mandates.…

Birth control ruling does not address broader constitutional issues » The Republican The ruling against the commonwealth in a case involving the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate may be of interest in any subsequent related challenge for what the U.S. District Court magistra…

Judge refuses to dismiss case challenging AG Maura Healey's interpretation of assault weapons ban » The Republican A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey relating to her interpretation of the state's assault weapons ban.…

As federal government dismantles civil rights regulations, Massachusetts to fill the void with new attorney » The Republican

Education

North Berkshire Academy: 1st special education collaborative up and running » Berkshire Eagle It began with a chat between three superintendents over a cup of coffee about ways to provide better educational services with dwindling resources.…

Thriving North Berkshire Academy Result of Collaborative Efforts » iBerkshires Aiden Kozik knows what he needs to do to succeed: Be prepared, be respectful, cooperate in the classroom and finish what he starts. …

Baker names Glavinski-Saben as chairman of college trustees » Cape Cod Times Governor Charlie Baker has named Tammy Glivinski-Saben of South Yarmouth to chair the Cape Cod Community College Board of Trustees.…

Amherst-Pelham Regional High students march to Amherst Common demanding action on 'semi-automatic' guns » Valley Advocate About 200 students assembled in front of Amherst-Pelham Regional High School at 10 a.m. on the morning of March 14. Gathered together, huddled against the cold, young activists solemnly honored the me…

Openly transgender principal put on leave, denied contract renewal » WCVB The Swampscott elementary school principal who recently came out as transgender has essentially been fired.…

Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Enhance Early Education; Establish Background Check Process » Framingham Source The Baker-Polito Administration today filed An Act to Enhance the Background Record Check Procedures of the Department of Early Education and Care to comply with new federal regulations governing Chil…

Environment

Gov. Charlie Baker proposed $1.4B in borrowing to deal with climate change » Worcester Telegram In a freezing windswept area of Scituate where rising ocean tides are more regularly flooding homes, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday outlined plans to borrow $300 million to address impacts of climate …

Gov. Baker Discusses Storm Recovery Efforts During Cape Cod Visit » Cape Cod Online Governor Charlie Baker visited with emergency responders, utility officials and local lawmakers Wednesday to discuss the nor'easter recovery efforts.…

Baker visits Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center to discuss storm recovery » Wicked Local Bourne Today Gov. Charlie Baker joined Senator Vinny deMacedo, Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Sarah Peake, Representative Will Crocker, Representative Randy Hunt, Representative Tim Whelan, utility repre…

Environmentalists push for Massachusetts to move to 100 percent renewable energy » WWLP 22 Environmentalists are pushing for Massachusetts to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. They said the move will reduce air pollution, create jobs and improve public health.…

Massachusetts governor seeks Clean Peak Standard with $1.4B bond bill » Utility Dive Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has introduced legislation to create a new Clean Peak Standard for utilities to increase the use of clean energy during high-demand periods that are a…

In Scituate visit, governor promises help for battered coast towns » Patriot Ledger When Gov. Charlie Baker visited the Scituate Lighthouse on Thursday, he left his rain jacket home. This time he was visiting the coastal town still reeling from a spate of storms that sent seawater su…

State Senator Harriette Chandler addresses concerns over agricultural composting » Community Advocate Northborough – State Senator Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) addressed the issue of agricultural composting while attending the March 12 Board of Selectmen meeting with her legislative dele…

Composting bill spurred by Northborough farm heads to Senate » The Metro West Daily News State Sen. Harriette Chandler continues to advocate for a bill that would change regulations on large-scale composting operations.…

Federal

The Week in Public Finance: 3 Things State and Local Governments Should Know About the Banking Deregulation Bill » Governing The first major bipartisan banking bill since Dodd-Frank has some potential pluses and minuses for states and localities. …

Gaming

MGM Springfield unveils further details of $960 million casino project, requests an extra year to develop housing at Elm Street property » The Republican MGM Springfield unveiled new details and some changes being proposed at its $960 million casino on Thursday, ranging from its plans for a free downtown shuttle bus system to a desire to have more tabl…

Health Care

In ICUs, a furry friend to comfort patients » Boston Globe Amid the monitor alarms and life-and-death conversations on the intensive care unit, Tucker, a very mellow Labrador retriever, rolled onto his back at the nurses' station. …

High turnover plagues low-paid Massachusetts home care industry » Mass Live Home care aides in Massachusetts are generally less-educated women, often immigrants, who receive low pay and few benefits. Their schedules can involve a lot of traveling for short shifts.…

Immigration

AG Healey urges Congress to protect long-time residents from Haiti and El Salvador » Sampan Attorney General Maura Healey today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in urging Congress to protect long-time residents of the United States following the decision of the Department of Homela…

Advocates petition Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to stop courthouse immigration arrests » Boston.com Civil rights and indigent defense groups asked Massachusetts' highest court Thursday to stop federal agents from arresting immigrants targeted for deportation at courthouses, saying the practice is sc…

Judiciary

Massachusetts High Court to Take up Suicide Texting Appeal » The Associated Press (AP) The highest court in Massachusetts will hear the appeal of a young woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself …

Caccaviello Sworn in as Berkshire District Attorney » iBerkshires The new district attorney has taken office. Paul Caccaviello was sworn into the position Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill the role being vacated by David Capeless. …

New Berkshire DA Sworn In » WAMC

Labor

Baker signs OSHA bill for public workers » Worcester Business Journal All public workers in Massachusetts will operate under the same safety standards as their private sector counterparts under legislation that Gov. Charlie Baker has signed into law. …

Legislative

Rep. Diana DiZoglio blasts 'silencing tactics' as House updates sexual harassment rules » Mass Live A state representative said she experienced sexual harassment in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and was required to sign a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about the incide…

Dozens of Mass. House workers have signed 'silencing' agreements, Rep. Diana DiZoglio says » Mass Live Dozens of people who work in the Massachusetts House have signed non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements since 2009, a state representative who experienced harassment said.…

Two state representatives excoriate Speaker DeLeo on House floor over nondisclosure agreements » Boston Globe Two state representatives accused Speaker Robert A. DeLeo on Thursday of cloaking years of impropriety in the House through carefully worded nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements tied to sever…

State Rep. DiZoglio Says She Endured Sexual Harassment As Legislative Aide — And Was Silenced » WBUR On Beacon Hill, the House of Representatives has adopted new rules dealing with sexual harassment and how employees can safely report it.…

Boston lawmaker calls for Attorney General Maura Healey to investigate House Speaker Robert DeLeo amid harassment debate » The Republican A longtime Boston lawmaker called for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to investigate the leader of the House over the use of non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements.…

Lack of testimony on harassment bill at State House seen as fear of reprisals » Boston Herald No one testified yesterday during a Beacon Hill hearing focused on creating an independent commission to probe sexual harassment and assault allegations at the State House — a sign that lawmake…

Mass. State Rep. Says She Endured Sexual Harassment As Aide, And Was Silenced » New England Public Radio On Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has adopted new rules dealing with sexual harassment and how employees can safely report it.…

Prodded by DiZoglio, House debates handling of complaints » Commonwealth Magazine FRUSTRATION AND ANGER bubbled to the surface in the Massachusetts House on Thursday where one lawmaker's personal story of harassment led to a testy debate over how employee complaints have been handl…

House unrest over harassment » Commonwealth Magazine House Speaker Robert DeLeo has vowed to make all things right in his chamber when it comes to the burgeoning issue of workplace sexual harassment. But when it came time yesterday for what was expected…

Facing criticism, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says non-disclosure agreements are 'just part of doing business' » The Republican

Legislators Accuse Robert DeLeo of Disguising Sexual Harassment Payouts » Boston Magazine

Local Government

Gov. Baker to attend South Shore St. Patrick's Day gals » Wicked Local Rockland South Shore Republicans will host Governor Charlie Baker and other elected officials and candidates at their annual St. Paddy's Day celebration on Sunday March 18, from 3:30-7 p.m. at the Scituate Cou…

Gov Baker Visits Shirley Avenue to Deliver $2M Grant » Revere Journal Gov. Charlie Baker came to the Bagel Bin last Thursday afternoon to present a $2 million MassWorks grant to city officials for upgrades to Shirley Avenue area.…

Spencer officials urge legislators to help with school funding » Worcester Telegram State legislators representing Spencer and town officials, in their annual meetup Monday night on town issues, focused on the fiscal 2019 budget, school funding, money for state parks, and the legaliz…

Lawsuit adds details to sexual harassment claims against Felix G. Arroyo » Boston Globe A woman who said she was repeatedly harassed by former Boston health and human services chief Felix G. Arroyo filed a lawsuit against him this week, alleging Arroyo manipulated her into a sexual relat…

City fears Hale debt may affect public services » The Haverhill Gazette For a city with a 2018 budget of $189 million, $11 million is a significant amount of money. But that is what the city may have to shell out annually for the next five years to finish paying its oblig…

Marijuana

Regulators to Begin Taking Applications for Pot Businesses » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts marijuana regulators plan to begin accepting applications for commercial pot businesses next month.…

Opinion

The GOP's gathering political storm » Boston Globe That's House Speaker Paul Ryan leading the GOP in a group whistling session as they skitter by the graveyard. Ryan & Co. are busy spinning that the Democratic victory in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressio…

Wynn is unsuitable to keep its license » Boston Globe The Commonwealth's Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 sought to ensure that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission would award valuable gaming licenses only to those who were “suitable” and who demo…

America's youth call out morally bankrupt politicians » Boston Globe On Wednesday, high school students across America staged a walkout to memorialize 17 young people killed by a gunman with an AR-15 — and to demand from Congress gun-control legislation aimed at…

Letter: Warren brought issue of ancestry on herself » Berkshire Eagle If Trump has made one mistake it is to call Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas." She was a true American hero, which Sen. Warren is not.…

Editorial: You say 'Gondola,' we say, 'where's our Fairmount Line pilot? » Dorchester Reporter Is building an aerial gondola over the streets of Boston's Seaport district a good idea? Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't.…

Our view: Charlie should take the train » Gloucester Times Unlike the legendary Charlie who "may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston" because he didn't have the nickel exit fare, our governor will likely never suffer that fate.…

Column: Securing a clean energy future » Gloucester Times Who can you believe on how Massachusetts will navigate 30 years of uncertainty to achieve its ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050?…

EDITORIAL: LRTA fare hikes can be justified » The Lowell Sun Two transit authorities -- one regional, one metropolitan -- have fare increases on their agenda. The Lowell Regional Transit Authority wants to raise the price of a ride by 25 percent, while the Mass…

Cyr has worked hard for town of Barnstable » Cape Cod Times I write to endorse Sen. Julian Cyr and to respond to recent comments implying that he won't work hard enough for Barnstable. …

EDITORIAL: Another blow to women's reproductive rights in the Trump administration » The Daily Free Press The use of contraceptives in this country has lost its stigma in the past few decades. In the United States, the rise of contraceptives was controversial. Using birth control was a sign of debauchery.…

EDITORIAL: Baker's housing plan is fair, reasonable » The Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed legislation that would facilitate the construction of more affordable housing developments throughout the commonwealth.…

Editorial: Mass. would be a casualty in Trump's trade war » Boston Business Journal President Donald Trump's opening salvo in what may turn into an all-out trade war was to place tariffs on two industries in which Massachusetts has never been a big player: steel and aluminum. But in …

Battenfeld: State House 'Hooker Entrance' decried » Boston Herald

Politics

David Simas, Taunton native and Obama confidant, speaks at Coyle and Cassidy » Taunton Daily Gazette David Simas doesn't get a chance very often to visit his hometown of Taunton. But the 1988 Coyle and Cassidy High School graduate — and now chief executive of nonprofit Obama Foundation in Chic…

Warren urges voter involvement at Town Meeting » The Reminder It appeared to be almost unnecessary for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to mention she was running for re-election when she came to Springfield on March 9 for one of her Town Hall Meetings.…

Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate issues » Bay State Banner The three Democratic candidates running for governor answered questions last week on a variety of issues including where they stood on criminal justice reform, race relations, transportation and the e…

A final look at campaign spending in Medford » Wicked Local Medford Here is a look at how much candidates for City Council, School Committee and Mayor spent and received in 2017.…

Candidate fields widen in Suffolk races » Dorchester Reporter Another week, another few names in contention for a busy election season in Suffolk County.…

Let 16-year-olds vote. They might take it more seriously than their elders » Boston Globe Old enough to fight, old enough to vote. That slogan summed up the case in 1971 for giving the vote to 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds, many of whom were serving in Vietnam. The 26th Amendment, which allowe…

DeLeo a no-show as rep raps nondisclosure pacts » Boston Herald A Methuen state representative publicly took on the very institution she claims spread false rumors about her romantic life and silenced her with a nondisclosure agreement during a dramatic House sess…

Charlie Baker and Ed Markey both have Virginia winning their NCAA Tournament brackets » Boston.com Gov. Charlie Baker may be a moderate Republican and Sen. Markey a liberal Democrat. But their picks to win the NCAA Tournament are pretty conservative.…

Public Health

President Donald Trump to discuss opioid crisis at New Hampshire stop Monday » The Republican

Public Safety

Wellesley High School students rise up and demand change at peaceful demonstration » The Swellesley Report Wellesley High School students today congregated in the school parking lot for 17 minutes to observe a moment of silence and deliver speeches. The student-run event was put together as a way to honor…

'School should be safe': At Rockport High, more than 200 stand up to gun violence » Gloucester Times At 10 sharp Wednesday morning, an estimated 200 students — the vast majority of the student body at Rockport High School — joined thousands of students across the nation in walking out o…

Officials 'Fully Confident' in Safety of Massachusetts Bridges After Deadly Collapse in Miami » NECN With Thursday's deadly bridge collapse in Florida, officials in Massachusetts are telling residents not to worry about Bay State bridges built using the same process.…

'Walking out is only the first step;' Students planning walkouts over gun control issue say adults aren't getting the job done » MassLive The epicenter of this year's surge in youth gun control activism has been in Florida, a state where a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day and where towns…

Former high-ranking State Police officials ask judge to throw out case against them » Boston Globe Lawyers for former State Police colonel Richard McKeon and a former major urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against them Thursday, saying the officials did not violate the constitutional righ…

Gov. Charlie Baker to be on hand for ceremony in honor of Trooper Thomas Clardy » Worcester Telegram Two years after Thomas L. Clardy was killed on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the state police will unveil a memorial stone in honor of the trooper.…

Students rally at State House against gun violence » The Enterprise Although snow forced a postponement of planned school walkouts, Massachusetts students on Wednesday implored state lawmakers to curb gun violence as part of a nationwide rally one month after 17 peopl…

And the young shall lead » Commonwealth Magazine When little movement occurred to change gun laws following the 2012 slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was easy to become cynical about the idea that the country would ever budge from its s…

State Finance

Welfare cap, disability services are focus of final Massachusetts state budget hearing » The Republican

State Government

A lawmaker said the State House's General Hooker sign is 'tone deaf.' Social media responded » Boston Globe A state elected official is facing blowback on social media after she called for a State House sign dedicated to Civil War General Joseph Hooker to be taken down or modified because she believes his l…

Pension fund would divest from gun companies under new bill » State House News Service Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has partnered with two Democratic lawmakers to file legislation that would require the state pension fund to divest from companies that manufacture guns and ammunition.…

Polito Gets Updates on State-Funded Projects in Adams, Cheshire » iBerkshires Lt. Governor Karyn Polito made the rounds through Berkshire County on Thursday and made stops in both Adams and Cheshire to discuss current and future projects.…

Spilka's Bill To Protect Puppies and Kittens Passes Senate; On To House Next » Framingham Source Today, March 15, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to improve several areas of current law dealing with the sale and treatment of dogs and cats. Senate 1155, An Act relative to protecting …

A State Rep. Says It's Time to Scrap the “General Hooker Entrance” at the State House » Boston Magazine She says the double meaning makes it "tone deaf" and inappropriate. …

Massachusetts Senate approves bill banning animal drowning » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted to approve a bill on Thursday that would outlaw the drowning of animals. The measure would strengthen the state's animal cruelty laws by increasing reporting…

Major state office building closed again for plumbing issue » State House News Service

Taxation

CT Lottery taps MA film tax credit » Commonwealth Magazine LEAF THROUGH THE LIST of recipients of Massachusetts film tax credits and one name comes up year after year: the Connecticut Lottery.…

Transportation

Report: More frequent trips needed on Fairmount Line » Dorchester Reporter The Fairmount Line is primed to be on the front end of a major commuter rail improvement, according to a new, in-depth report that advocates for an improved “regional rail” network.…

Five College Consortium urging state leaders to increase PVTA budget » WWLP 22 The Five College consortium is urging state leaders to increase its public transportation budget.…

Ferry runs aground, back in service after inspection » Martha's Vineyard Times The Steamship Authority canceled ferry service for the MV Woods Hole Thursday morning after it ran aground in soft sand while docking in Vineyard Haven.…

Mass Pike bridge to be dedicated in honor of Trooper Thomas Clardy » WWLP 22 News

College Leaders Urge Massachusetts To Increase Public Transportation Spending » WAMC

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Rep: "General Hooker Entrance" name change "will happen" » State House News Service

Reebok's former Canton HQ campus sells for $88M » Boston Business Journal

Amid "growing anxiety," Baker bond bill has climate focus » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4046 - An Act requiring candidates for mayor and council in Framingham to adhere to and report in accordance with Section 19 of Chapter 55

HB 4072 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the city of Chelsea as the John P. Bruttaniti Memorial Bridge

HB 4239 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Alyssa Nelson, an employee of the Office for Victim Assistance

HB 3760 - An Act relative to the Baker Hill Road District in the town of Lanesborough

HB 1110 - An Act establishing regional commissions on the status of women and girls

Most read bills of the week:

SB2331 - An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens

SB2332 - An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns

SB1159 - An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns

SB2327 - An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability

SB2311 - An Act relative to the Sex Offender Registry Board

SB999 - An Act to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability

SB1155 - An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens

HB1090 - An Act to establish commonsense permitting reforms for businesses and landowners

HB3952 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

HB2944 - An Act to (1) establish a solid waste management council, (2) to require the Department to increase certain types of data collection; (3) to impose a surcharge on waste disposal; (4) to require municipalities to institute pay as you throw programs if they are generating too much waste for disposal per capita; (5) to require that all waste be disposed of in clear plastic bags; (6) to increase recycling to include mattresses, textiles and additional commercial organic material; and (7) to require secondary markets to report contamination

House Actions This Week: 380

Senate Actions This Week: 164


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